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30 Jun

Emerald Education Day Is A Success!

On 26th June 2015, 500 children from schools all over Yorkshire embarked onto Headingley Cricket ground for a fun filled day of exciting workshops and activities outside of the classroom and what a day it was!

Emerald Education Day is about bringing groups of children together for a fun and educational day, encouraging community spirit and allowing interaction between different schools, whilst also keeping the rich heritage of cricket alive and active among youngsters.

The day began with an assembly with David Callaghan, who talked through what the day was going to entail and drummed up excitement by asking the children questions and encouraging them to speak up on the microphone. Yorkshire’s very own Moin Ashraf also made an appearance, which was very exciting for the youngsters as they got their new kwik cricket T-shirts signed by him! He also went along to many of the workshops throughout the day and even played a bit of cricket with them on the pitch!

Up in the Hawke Suit, our partners Yorkshire Cancer Research held their own workshops throughout the day, based on their campaign #StaySafeInTheSun. Children took part in many activities based around this, such as painting sun screen on UV paper and putting it out in the sun to emphasise how much sun screen protects the skin from UV rays.

Sporting Influence was a workshop based around teaching good behaviour through sport. It focussed on respect for both yourself and other players, body language, confidence and self-esteem in sport.

To give an insight into what goes on at Yorkshire CCC during international matches, we held a Major Match Day Workshop, which focused on aspects such as Marketing, Operations and also the Commercial side of things.

We also ran stadium tours throughout the day. Children were taken around by our very own tour guide Mel Ruben, for an exclusive tour of the ground. The youngsters got to see behind the scenes, such as the players changing rooms and entrance onto the pitch!

Lend Me Your Literacy was a creative writing workshop that uses sport as a tool to develop literacy skills amongst young children. It was a very powerful workshop as it taught children a curriculum based subject, whilst engaging them by relating it to a sport that they loved.

On the pitch, we had Kwik Cricket, where our partners ProCoach delivered a cricket coaching session and we also had a workshop with Dale Kerruish – Direct Action Training delivering cricket skills sessions using state of the art equipment and coaching techniques. The children visited different stations throughout the workshop practising catching, batting, throwing and bowling.

And finally, Dance Studio Leeds came to teach the children the HAKA. This was based around our international visitors this season, Australia and New Zealand, and this workshop which was definitely a favourite amongst most children! They learnt the history of the New Zealand war cry, how it was used to intimidate and scare the opposition before war and how it is now used in modern day sport for the same purpose. The youngsters got really engaged into the workshop and were then taught some HAKA moves which was put together in a sequence. At the end of the day, all the schools came together to perform this large scale HAKA, which was amazing to behold!

“A big thanks to all the organisations who attended this year’s Emerald Education Day. The diversity of the workshops on offer makes it a really unique event and one that we hope will last long in the memory of those children lucky enough to attend.”

Nick Robinson, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The aim of Education Day was to provide both fun and educational workshops away from the classroom, something which is a lot different to their average day at school. We wanted to make the day a memorable one for the children and to prove that sometimes it’s beneficial to get out of the classroom and learn in different ways, but above all, the aim of the day was to make sure they have fun!

“The children have had a fantastic day. Each child has had a favourite workshop and it is great to see them get so involved in them!”

“The Haka was definitely a favourite amongst our group, all of our school got really into it and they had a fantastic time learning the moves and also the history behind it”

As an obsessed cricketer, I can safely say that in my 18 years teaching, it was the best school trip I have ever been on

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